Hallmark Channel’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered has finale with Carol Burnett


Carol Burnett in Signed Sealed Delivered (photo credit: CrownMedia/EikeSchroter)

Carol Burnett in Signed Sealed Delivered (photo credit: CrownMedia/EikeSchroter)

Hallmark Channel’s original series Signed, Sealed, Delivered has been a sparkling gem in the Crown Media company’s network crown this season. The show created by Martha Williamson (Touched By An Angel) has had great stories with a likable cast and a lineup of guest stars that kept its family-friendly audience tuning in on Sunday nights. Season One concludes Sunday, June 22 with its tenth episode titled “A Hope and A Future,” with guest star Carol Burnett.

The sort-of-mystery show follows the lives of four postal workers who transform themselves into an untraditional team of detectives to track down the intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty and Scandal fame, Kristin Booth (The Kennedys, Orphan Black), and journeymen actors Crystal Lowe (Smallville) and Geoff Gustafson (Primeval: New World) star as the group of stalwart mail sleuths delivering the mail late, but somehow, exactly in the nick of time.

The original stories are a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama involving the post office team lead by charming Oliver O’Toole (Mabius), a genius postal detective and the group’s leader; new team member, Shane McInerney (Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods. They take on missions that get them out of the office and into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures.

With Touch By An Angel, writer-producer Martha Williamson featured some of entertainment’s most iconic stars who wanted to be part of one of the best family series in the history of television. Now Williamson is doing it again featuring friends like four-time Emmy-winning actress Valerie Harper (Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda) and five-time Emmy winner Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis Murder). Both stars have portrayed Postal Supervisors in a revolving role. Other television notables featured during the run of Season One include Della Reese (Touch By An Angel), Marilu Henner, and Valerie Bertinelli.

Now one of America’s most beloved performers, Carol Burnett has a special role in the series finale that has Norman having a family reunion with an amazing grandmother (Burnett) he never knew he had. The episode also follows the Post Office sleuths who try to bring together a family that has been separated for decades.

Executive producer Williamson and Burnett worked together when the comedienne did a memorable guest star role on Touched By An Angel. “Carol is an American legend who has used words to bring joy and laughter, to encourage, inspire and heal us through nearly six decades of life,” said series creator Martha Williamson. “It’s my privilege to welcome my hero and mentor to the show Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” #

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years. Frank Barron was the editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they contributed to numerous publications.